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Jonathan Macri breaks down Game 1 in the Nuggets vs. Suns series and gives us his prediction and pick

NBA Playoff Picks - Monday, June 7

Nuggets vs. Suns Prediction

It happened a while ago, but if we’re going by prior evidence, this is a game the Nuggets can win.

Back in January, Denver visited the Suns for back to back games in Phoenix, and they won both. The margins were tight – four and eight points, respectively – and Jamal Murray was healthy for both games. Even so, the Nuggets don’t feel like this is too high a hill to climb.

That’s not to say they will. This spread seems a bit lower than it should, what with the Suns having just dispatched the defending champs in somewhat easy fashion over the last three games of that series, and Denver emerging victorious in the first round against a team that yet again folded in the playoffs, costing their coach his job.

Even so, the Nuggets are rolling. They’ve won four of five after going down 0-1 to the Blazers and put up an average of 130 points in the four wins. They aren’t consistent, and when their perimeter players aren’t hitting shots, they can be had.

But they’re also the more experienced team here, and it’s possible the reason that the last round ended up looking so easy for Phoenix is because the Lakers just weren’t that good, what with a hobbled Anthony Davis and not much else surrounding LeBron.

This might be one to stay away from until we can get an idea of the rhythm of this series, but Denver just seems like they’ll be ready to go, and if anyone will be tight here, it’s the Suns.

Nuggets vs. Suns Pick

The Pick: Nuggets +5 @ -110 (Click to bet)

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Dean of Knicks Film School, host: KFS Pod, co-host: Pick N Pod. There isn't much about Knicks basketball that Jonathan doesn't know and he's here to break down the big games each and every week.


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